Time to come out of the cleaning closet: I’m not a big hand sanitizer user. Wait, I can do better than that: I have never used hand sanitizer.
It’s sticky, it reeks of alcohol, and most of the time I trust my immune system best when exposed to a mild amount of germs. Anything more than that is worth washing my hands, anyway. So, I saw a pin for DIY hand sanitizer – and yeah, I put it on the “SQUEE!” board, because I was pretty excited about the idea of being a little more soccer-mom-ish, doling out squirts of Purell. But, you know, with a dirty (clean?) little secret that it was homemade hippy stuff anyway.
Like most things, it was pinned and forgotten — until Hubs picked up the flu. This was a first for us, and I was not about to let one stupid little virus take down my family of 5, one sniffly, bedridden germ bomb at a time. Cue every home remedy and recipe flooding my brain at once.
So, on one of my many Emergen-C and juice runs, I picked up aloe gel and alcohol (of the rubbing variety..not drinking. Though if too many more of us get it, that might change…) and a couple of travel bottles. As an added boost, I set aside some of our essential oils and infusions, too.
Ingredients for Homemade Hand Sanitizer
Aloe Vera Gel
Essential Oils (I used Thieves’ Oil and Oregano Oil for exra Flu Season protection)
The original post (which is ingenious and wonderful!) has it as equal parts alcohol and aloe vera, but a friend of mine said theirs evaporated too quickly, though she couldn’t remember if that was her ratio or not. So, I did a little more gel than alcohol, just in case, to hold it to your skin longer. Note: Read the comments below on the importance of the alcohol to aloe ratio. It looks like 60% alcohol is important. I’ll give it a shot on my next batch and see how it goes!
My oils of choice were Thieves’ Oil and Oregano Oil. I might have gone a little crazy with the Thieves’ Oil, at like 20-30 drops for the bottle. The stuff is amazing and super strong, though, so I’m betting less is fine. I also used about half a dropper of Oregano Oil. Both are known to be antibacterial/antibiotic/antiviral. I mean, the Thieves blend was named for the legend that it protected thieves from the plague. The plague. I’m only worried about the flu, so I think we’re good.
**Disclaimer: Know your audience! No one is pregnant right now in this household, so we’re good with this blend. The bath blends for the flu season post has some other options for the flu season, too**
And that was it. Closed the lid, shook it up, and handed Hubs a bottle to use religiously and to take to work, then showed the kids how to use it and stuck it on the counter in plain sight. The end I won’t jinx anything and tell you our infected-vs-healthy ratio, but let’s just say I will now stay on the hand sanitizer band wagon all season long.
For added measure, I put 10-20 drops and a half-dropper of those same oils in a spritz bottle of water, and that has been spritzed onto toilet handles, surfaces, video game controllers, couches…I’m really glad this stuff smells good.
What are your tips and tricks for this flu season?